Bite adjustment is an attempt to give a person a bite which inherently reduces force. It involves precise and minimal adjusting away of the outer coating of the tooth which is the enamel to re-shape the tooth to idealize the bite. Reshaping the teeth to make them fit better and touch more gently harmonizes the relationship between the teeth, the jaw joints and the muscles. Reshaping is referred to by various names such as bite adjustment, occlusal adjustment, equilibration, or selective grinding but they all mean the same thing.Check over here to know more.
Bite Adjustment for Better Life
If teeth are substantially out of position, then orthodontics (braces, retainers, etc.) are indicated. If other symptoms are present, such as muscle or jaw joint problems, other treatments may be applicable. When teeth are fairly well aligned, and still not touching perfectly, then reshaping them to fit more gently is required. The process of reshaping can include just a few teeth or all teeth. In fact, almost all people require bite adjustment when braces are completed, because even though teeth are aligned, the points and grooves are still not touching perfectly.
The process of bite adjustments includes-
- mark teeth
- reshape, polish
- monitor and re-evaluate
The first step in the process of bite adjustment is to adequately diagnose that a problem exists. Many times an assumption is made that a problem exists if pain exists but when issues are related to the bite, pain is often one of the last symptoms. A comprehensive examination, including x-rays, is required to adequately diagnose conditions present. Sometimes models are made of your teeth and placed on an instrument called an articulator to simulate jaw and tooth movement and better diagnose your bite status. Other diagnostic tools may include joint x-rays, MRI, CT scan, T-Scan etc.
As the reshaping progresses, it often becomes apparent to the person that their bite is improving when they close their teeth together. It may take a number of visits to get the bite exactly right. Once the reshaping is completed the reshaped areas are polished and checked.
A healthy Bite, A healthy Life
Bad bite can be caused by many things:
- Grinding your teeth at night
- Chipping a tooth
- Past fillings or dental work
- Missing teeth
- The constant pressure you put on your teeth while chewing over the years
- Loose, crowded, or shifting teeth
Essentially, occlusal disease occurs when your body attempts to optimize your bite, despite the imperfections listed above. Regardless of the cause, occlusal disease can lead to some serious problems. Occlusal disease can also create many problems when left untreated. For instance, your teeth can chip because of the excessive force a specific tooth receives.
When your bite isn’t right, life can get frustrating and even painful. So if you have a problem with your bite consult your dentist as soon as possible to avoid any serious problems in future. Check over here to book your appointment with the dentist.